Outbound trips are typically comprised of 10-12 Rotarians / spouses.  They will stay with a host family for 3-4 Nights and then travel to the next set of hosts in a different region of the host district.  The total duration of the exchange is generally two weeks.  The number of persons on the outbound team and the length of stay are flexible with both involved districts agreeing on those details before the exchange occurs.

Who May Apply?   Rotarians and their spouses may participate in the District’s RFE Program.  The Rotarian family member must participate in the exchange for spouses to be eligible.

How To Apply?   Participating districts appoint a Friendship Exchange District Chairperson who coordinates the program.  This chairperson is responsible for contacting other RFE chairpersons to establish exchanges.  To become hosts, Rotarians must communicate with the Rotary Friendship Exchange District Chairperson.  Rotarians who have participated as guests may want to serve as hosts when the Rotary visitors come to their community.  Participating districts develop their own standards for participant selection with the understanding that no liability is attached to Rotary International.  Interested Rotarian participants must complete the Rotary Friendship Exchange for District 7850 “Application To Participate in an Outgoing Rotary Friendship Exchange” found on last page and return it to one of District 7850’s Program Leaders.

How Much Does A Rotary Friendship Exchange Cost?   The largest component of an RFE is the cost of the Airline tickets.  Ticket prices can vary greatly by the time of year, destination, desired seating, length of stay as well as provided amenities.  Because many participants either do some private touring at the beginning or the end of the RFE period, you will be making your own flight arrangements.  The best estimate for airline costs would be to check several airline costs online.  Your trip may also require you to leave the night before the official start of the RFE as well as a hotel upon your arrival back in the US.  You will be responsible for all meals during transit not provided by the airlines.  Once you have been picked up by your host family, they will provide lodging and breakfasts and some dinners.  You will generally provide your own lunches and any dinners outside your host’s home.

Do I have to host someone in my home as part of the Exchange?   No.  While many participants in an outbound portion of an Exchange will want to reciprocate and act as host for the inbound portion, it is not required.  In fact we will need 3-4 sets of host families for the inbound portion, so, even if you are unable to participate in an outbound trip, you can get many of the benefits of this program by hosting our visiting Rotarians.